Best’s Great Western Shiraz Bin 1 2011 was a clear winner with the judges, taking home the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, the Victorian Trophy for Best Victorian Table Wine and the inaugural Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz in Show.
Owned by the Thomson family, a fifth generation Victorian winery, fruit for Best’s Bin 1 Shiraz is sourced predominantly from their own vineyards nestled in the foothills of the Great Western Range and Grampians Range and represents the essence of Best’s Great Western winemaking - elegant, mid-weight wines of great intensity and balance.
Chairman of Judges, David Bicknell said that, ‘Until this year it wasn’t possible for a wine to win this combination of trophies, but this year’s winner Best’s Great Western Shiraz Bin 1 2011 has taken out three! This wine is a wine with purity, balance, freshness and complexity. A wine that I believe consumers will thoroughly enjoy.
The wines in this year’s show were of outstanding quality, in particular the Single Vineyard and 2011 Pinot Noirs, 2011 Chardonnay, 2010 & 2011 Shiraz, Shiraz Cabernet & Rhone Varietal Blends, and 2012 Riesling’.
The François De Castella Trophy for the Best Young White Wine was presented to Jones Road Wines from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula for their Jones Road Nepean Chardonnay 2011, while the Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified in Show was awarded to Baileys of Glenrowan Vintage Fortified Red 2010.
Tasmania continued to show its talent in cool climate red wine production, with Pooley Coal River Pinot Noir being awarded The Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy and the Dan Murphy’s Trophy for Best Pinot Noir in Show.
Over the four days of judging, the 37-strong judging panel, led by Chairman of Judges, David Bicknell, tasted 3170 wines from 557 exhibitors. This year only one of the 22 trophies was not awarded, the Trophy for the Best Rose. Although some strong exhibits were presented in this class, no gold medals were awarded. The judges’ comments on the rose classes were that the exhibits tended toward high levels of residual sugar and that many of the wines may have reflected the challenges of the vintage.
The judging team in 2012 included respected international wine experts, James Suckling (USA) and Dr Jamie Goode MW (UK), providing a global perspective to the Show. Respected for their accuracy and objectivity, these professionals were joined by the best of the best Australian judging panel who represent a cross-section of industry including; sommeliers, media, winemakers, and buyers.
PHOTO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY – FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER
VISION: Hundreds of RMWS Exhibitors, including Australia’s most experienced winemakers will converge on the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds to taste and benchmark their wines against the 3170 entries from this year’s Royal Melbourne Wine Show.
WHO: The winner of the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy; Viv Thomson and Justin Purser
Major trophy winners
David Bicknell, Chairman of Judges
Phil Sexton, RMWS Committee Chairman
WHERE: Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Langs Road, Ascot Vale VIC 3032
Parking access via Gate 5, Pedestrian access via Gate 1
WHEN: Friday 26 October, talent available for interview between 9:30 and 11.30AM